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J. Zachary Pike was once a basement-dwelling fantasy gamer, but over time he metamorphosed into a basement-dwelling fantasy writer. A New Englander by birth and by temperament, he writes strangely funny fiction on the seacoast of New Hampshire.


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Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Dominion

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This is part of a series on Arth’s Pantheon. Twice a month we’re taking a look at life on Arth and the gods that shape it. If you’re new to the series, get started with an overview. This post looks at the gods of the realm of Dominion.

Laws, governance, and justice are the line between people and animals, though many agree that animals have the better of this arrangement. The gods of dominion were once revered above all others, for they once ruled the other gods to keep things in order.  Today, those that are left of them scrabble with the other gods for honor and authority where they can find it.

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Conquering Mount TBR

If you like books, chances are you are familiar with the daunting slopes of Mount TBR (pronounced “Mount Teh-BUR”). The metaphorical mountain of books that are to-be-read is an enduring monument to hopeless optimism and overcommitment. In 2019, I want to put a sizable dent in my personal stack. But it’s not going to be easy. In fact, based on 2018, I’d say it’s only going to be possible if I start doing something new. Or rather, stop doing something old.

I’m going to stop finishing books.

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The Dark Profit saga is an economically epic trilogy set on Arth, a world that's fantastic and familiar all at once. On Arth, professional heroes kill monsters for valuable loot, but it’s powerful corporations that reap the rewards.

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